The two most powerful words…”But God.”
2023 has been crazy busy! I have put on more frequent flier miles than ever, worked with a record number of radio ministries helping their fundraising efforts and on-air product, AND we are in the middle of a home remodeling project that is entering month number three (and won’t be finished for another month or more). To say there has a been a bit of stress is an understatement!
Maybe this year has been the year that you or members of your team have struggled with unresolved conflict, financial trials, health challenges, marriage difficulties, addiction, depression, death, workplace fear, stress, anxiety…the list can go on and on.
You may have had a crazy busy year in your life or at your radio station, just like my crazy, busy life. There are two words that can breathe new life into this season of ministry……BUT GOD!
I have seen so many on-air fundraisers run behind this year, and it appeared there would be no way to hit the goal. Even the staff was doubting the goal would be reached. BUT GOD showed up at the last minute, the goal was hit, and the station was funded. This happened more times than I can count on one or two hands this year. There was no way to explain how the phones and on-line giving exploded, BUT GOD made a way.
In the Bible, the word but is there to show the gracious and compassionate intervention of a loving God. Something was lost, BUT GOD intervened, and now it’s found. There seems to be no human way possible in a situation, BUT GOD redeems, resurrects, and makes all things new. A man was blind, BUT GOD healed him and how he can see. Lazarus was dead BUT GOD wasn’t done, and he was brought to life again. A marriage was dead, BUT GOD breathed new life into it through forgiveness and love.
Noah was afraid he and his family were going to die on the ark. Yet in Genesis 8 it says, “BUT GOD remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark. He sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.”
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and essentially left for dead. When they later learn that Joseph was not only alive, but now was the leader in Egypt, they were scared that they would be put to death for what they did to him. Genesis 50:20 says, “You intended to harm me, BUT GOD intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “BUT GOD is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!”
As we head towards the new year, there will be times of stress, hardship, and things that happen that will test your faith and the strength of your life and ministry more than ever. Trust Him and look for the “BUT GOD” moments. 2024 is going to be unlike any other year in history, BUT GOD will be there, make a way, and HE is still on the throne.
In this next year, would you share some of your “BUT GOD” moments with me? I’d love to hear about them! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Garrett is a Senior Fundraising Specialist with Vidare Creative. After 30 years behind the mic doing morning drive, fundraising and programming CCM stations from the Mid-West to the Mid-Atlantic coast, Garrett “pivoted” when God presented him the opportunity to work with the top fundraising team in the country at Vidare Creative. He now gets to coach on-air teams across the country and help them achieve their broadcasting and fundraising goals.
Contact Garrett at email@example.com.